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Silver City & Grant County


Recent photographs by Tom Vaughan and Sandy Feutz (our May cover artist) of FeVa Fotos will be featured in "Chaco Revisited," a new show at Copper Quail Gallery, July 1 through August 3. Vaughn and Feutz will discuss their work and Chaco Canyon, where he was formerly a supervisor, at a reception on Saturday, July 5, 3-7 p.m. 211A N. Texas, 388-2646.

Common Ground Gallery continues to feature "Up, Close, & Impersonal," a one-artist show by Avelino Maestas, a Silver City native who is online content editor for the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, DC. The show will be on view through August 4. Maestas' photographic work of the urban scene in and around the Washington area captures the beauty and the pathos of big city life, often in the same image. Favorite motifs include commuters, people on the streets, nature and the built environment. Summer gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 4-9 p.m. 102 W. Kelly, 534-2087

Narrie Toole will show contemporary Western oil paintings at Little Toad Creek at Lake Roberts through August 31, with an opening reception on Friday, July 11, 5-8 p.m. 536-9649, www.littletoadcreek.com.

Seedboat Gallery will have a closing reception and talk for Judith Meyer’s “The Inextinguishable” show July 12, 4-7 p.m., and an opening reception for Timothy Hassenstein’s “Faces and Places of Evolution” July 25, 4-7 p.m. 214 W. Yankie, 534-1136, seedboatgallery.com.



The Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective's Common Thread gallery will be featuring works by Blythe Whitely, with an opportunity to meet the artist on Saturday, July 12, 2-4 p.m. Whitely's hand-painted silk scarves have been featured in the gallery for some time, and she is now creating scarves and wraps in nuno felting on silk and making tie-dye clothing. She's also working in clay, creating garden sculptures and whimsical creatures. 107 W. Broadway, 538-5733, www.fiberartscollective.org.



Las Cruces, Mesilla & Doña Ana County


The NMSU University Art Gallery is currently featuring works from its permanent collection in two exhibitions, "Old Friends and New Faces: Selections from the Permanent Collection" and "New Mexico Center for the Graphic Arts: Prints for Sale." Each exhibition will run through August 2.

"Old Friends and New Faces" features the latest works to be added to the collection through donations, including seven silkscreen prints by famed American artist Andy Warhol and a bronze bust by renowned British Modernist Sir Jacob Epstein. The exhibition also includes works by local favorites like Ken Barrick, Gaspar Enriquez, Becky Hendrick and Luis Jimenez.

The New Mexico Center for the Graphic Arts sprang to life between 1987 and 2010 under the direction of two emeritus faculty of the NMSU Art Department, who created the program to share their passion for graphic design. Works are for sale and feature artists including Rene Galindo, Melissa Grimes, Louis Ocepek and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. D.W. Williams Hall, University and Solano, www.nmsu.edu/~artgal.

The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery this month features works by Nanci Bissell and Frank Rimbach. Bissell, who retired after 26 years in education, paints seascapes, street scenes and landscapes. Rimbach's work is primarily in landscapes, bookcase series and modern abstracts. 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933.

Main Street Gallery and Big Picture will host the Doña Ana Photography Club's juried exhibit, "Scenes from Las Cruces," in July. Selected artists include Jim Albertson, Dave Brown, Alex Burr, Charles Dube, Patrick Hulser, Nirmal Khandan, Jenny Lackey, Jim Rodgers, Lois Wagner and Erik Winter. The exhibit opens July 4, 5-7 p.m., during the Downtown Ramble. 311 N. Main St., 647-0508.

The West End Art Depot will host a reception for "Boondoggle," works by Cody Jimenez, Rodolfo Medina and Joshua Flores, July 11, 6-9 p.m. The show will be on view July 4-25. 401 N. Mesilla St., 312-9892.

The Branigan Cultural Center will be closed to the public from June 30 through late August for renovations.

Effective July 1, the Las Cruces Arts Association will pack up their artwork at the Mountain Gallery and move to the Community Enterprise Center Building, 125 N. Main St., next to The Main Street Bistro in hopes of stimulating more interest, traffic and sales for the Association members' art. Watch for a Grand Exhibition Opening on August 1. www.lacrucesarts.org.

Ardovino's Desert Crossing in Sunland Park will host "Estate of the Art: Sandi Casillas Memorial Art Exhibition/Sale" on Sunday, July 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Casillas (1936-2012) was an artist and former art teacher at St. Clement's Parish School in El Paso.






The Black Range Artists show at the Mimbres Valley Event Center, 2300 E. Pine St., Oct. 11 and 12, has announced some of the participating artists. Cheri Reckers from Jarales, NM, is a Master Silk Artist and professional silk painter for over 24 years. Her award-winning designs have been exhibited at the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, the "World of Wearable Art" show in New Zealand, the Bernina Fashion Show in Houston and most recently in Japan.

Bill Darrow is a sculptor, jeweler and flute maker who developed an interest in the old ways of pottery that led him to re-discover some of the old forms that were traditionally made by the Chiricahua. He is the son of Ruey Darrow, once tribal chairman of the Ft. Sill Chiricahua/Warm Springs Apaches, grandson of Sam Haozous and great-grandson of Mangus Coloradas and nephew of Allan Houser, noted 20th century sculptor and painter. He owns the Stronghold Studios in New Orleans, whose clients have included the inaugural festivals for President Bill Clinton.

John Surra relocated from New York to Deming, where the rugged mountains and the expansive desert have demanded his bronze sculptures evolve in directions he had not imagined.

The fourth artist, Keya Horn, is from Albuquerque. Horn's early interest in architecture led to a successful side business creating "House Portraits" in pen and ink and dry wash. Later Horn developed "Pet Portraits" in pastels and oils. The artist is an active member of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, Rio Grande Guild and the New Mexico Art League.

The October show will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and homeless veterans. 546-4650, blackrangeart.com.




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